While a good portion of 2016 has sucked, Hunchback of Notre Dame related news has been ok throughout the year especially in the musical area
First thing that is fairy big in 2016 is that the Disney movie turned 20 years old.
Then there were a lot with the American version of the Disney movie. The cast album for the Papermill’s version came out and while the show didn’t go to Broadway it did go to regional theaters. So far it has been performed at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine, which I can say was great. Also Utah’s Tuacahn Amphitheater, California Music Circle of Sacramento had a deaf actor playing Quasimodo.
The show was also performed on the international level at Frederica Theatre in Denmark. There should be more international performance in 2017 like at Budapest Operaetta. Next year there should be casts.
There was all an amateur cast version done in Nevada over Thanksgiving. Read more Here.
But it’s wasn’t all about the Disney musical, The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York put on a production that reference the 2016 political climate like character named Governor LeTrump. Read about it here.
Then of course there is the other big Hunchback musical adaptation, Notre Dame de Paris. It started the year with the a French cast in Korea and a return of some of teh original Italian cast for another run of the Italian version. The biggest news for Notre Dame de Paris was the show’s return to Paris with a new cast though with some veteran of the show like Daniel Lavoie reprising his role as Frollo. The show announced it was going to have a production tour around Quebec.
Sadly there have been no movie related news which is weird since that Max Ryan movie was supposed to start filming this past year and nothing. The only thing is that the role of “The Giant” is no longer listed on the IMDB page but there is still Advisor, thief, cripple, vagrant and Spike. I have no idea what any that mean but oh well we’ll just have to see with that one.
There of course there are the Hunchback news story that are referential. The big one was Rebecca Dann who suffers from Kyphosocollosis, which causes a huge curve in the spine, won a photography contest and met Stephen Hawkings. Her self-portrait was called “I’m Fine” and it showcased her. Read More Here.
Hopefully 2017 will have more Hunchback news, hopefully movie related news but musical news is just as good.
Before we end the year let’s have a fun poll
Which of the Hypothetical casting ideas from 2016 was your favorite? Or which one of these casting would you most what to see actually happen? Just leave a comment.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Phoebus
Freddie Highmore for Gringoire
Terrance Zdunich for Gringoire
Hmm, only one Frollo this year, we’ll have to at least double that in 2017.Follow thehunchblog
Still adore the idea of Freddie Highmore as Pierre! But I like all the casting options, Freddie is just my favorite.
GiGi Radics for full romani Esmeralda – Gemma Artetron for French-book Esmeralda.
Tottaly would love to see Sarah Bolger as Fleur, but I think Lea Seydoux, as a french girl, would be amazing as well – she has a superior, aristocratic beauty.
Love Rupert Grint, but I am not sure if he’d make a good Quasimodo…
For Frollo there is only one IMO: Bennedict Cumberbatch.
Now something totally unrelated: I can’t stand the Kardashians, but gotta say Kylie’s eyes (after all th changes she did) are how I always pictured Esmeralda’s eyes, from the first moment I read the book, Kylie wasn’t even famous, probably a child still – but it would be stuff of nightmare have her playing sweet Esmeralda.
I have to disagree on Rupert, he’d be a great Quasimodo – he would be even better as a Disney Quasimodo.
I have to agree I can’t stand Kardashians or Jenners – Kendall is the less worst of them, at least for me – but I think Kylye become overtly sexual, if any of the Jenners, Kendall would have the most Esmeralda looks (I don’t like the Jenners, but I have to admit, IMO, Kendall is gorgeous – such a pity she has such a beautiful face and body but it is from that family). Anyway, I wouldn’t like to see any Kardashian or Jenner playing Esmeralda. Yecks!